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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Amazon-Haslett to Isla Blanca, TX Nov 2016

OTRA, WTF is he doing/going now???      (On The Road Again, Where The Frack)

Leaving Amazon and heading out...

Well…. Sigh, that didn’t work out so well.  I did two weeks there, first week was 4 nights for 5-hr shifts. Second week was the full Monty, 4 nights for 10-hr shifts.   I did 3 shifts and then gave it up.  

Just too strenuous, too long and too much for this old bod, so let it go..

Since I was in the area, figured I’d do the Gulf coast and see what was down there.  I often hear the city names of Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi etc and figure, what the hell, I’m in the area, just do it.

Left Haslett and was trying to meet up with another friend from last work, GHC in Seattle, but didn’t quite work out.  Got into Galveston State Park at night, really, really hate doing that, and found a spot, no idea what was around it.

Next day, surprised as it was very nice, wetland type thing.  

Campsites were right on the edge.

They have another main park on the beach front, but it was full.

(note that you can't see the ocean, like 'what's the point')
Went over to the main office to pay the fees, they have an additional “Out of State User Fee” for an additional $5 and that seems to be the common trend these days.

From there, headed to Padre Island.   Along the way everyone had a 2-story house… due to the storm floods, just looks a little different, houses on stilts..

Found the location I was looking for, a nice surprise for a change, Malaquite Beach.  There are other locations there, but due to some high tide/surge warnings, they were closed.  Malaquite wa the only one open and was filling up quickly.

Only these spots were available...

Lucked out and was able to find a spot on the black top.

Nice beach, tide was coming in full bore, up to the tables and beyond.

I was able to move after the weekend to a better spot.  Spent several, 6?-days there and was time to head out.  

I tend to get a little Antsy after about 4+days at the same spot with nothing much to do.  I had to go to town for the truck’s 30k (yep, did some 30k miles for the first year) servicing, thinking just an oil change, apx $200, but it needed fuel filters, so we got up to $500 and then hit with the transmission, 4x4 servicing, so some $1200 later…  ouch.  It took longer than I had planned so went back to Malaquite and get an early start towards Brownsville, TX, Isla Blanca RV park.

Drove thru the 3 other camping areas.

Mustang Island  (same island so not sure what that’s all about.)

So Beach - Primative - just driving/camping on the beach front sand..

Arrived at Isla Blanca in afternoon, light out - kewl, and a little confusing on getting registered if you didn’t know.  They have an entrance gate, looks like a border crossing. But you have register first, apx half mile before you get to the gate.

They wanted an extra $5 for a sewer hookup which I didn’t need and chose the cheaper area, outside of the main park.  

Not impressed with it.  It’s one big Ant Hill… I’d recommend paying the extra and go inside the park, a little nice, probably still have the Ants, but looks nicer and closer to the beach.  There was a KOA there at some $63, they really do luv their parks…

So stayed for 2 nights, took a walk around, no beach on my turf, and took some pics.  I did see a Parasailing, which I’ve done, and jet ski which I have not, but due to the Truck Servicing, just kept walking by.

I mention this as it would have been something I would have done.  I mean, hell, what’s the point of traveling if can’t participate once in awhile.  A friend mention she wanted to go parasailing but never did.  I wanted to take some pics and send them, she could do it vicariously… heheh

heh, anyway, left Isla Blanca and started to head towards the “Q” (Quartzsite, AZ)..

Beaches looked nice…  for some reason, just not excited about them as I used to be.

Off and running with stops on the way just to check things out along the border routes.